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USDA Ag Discovery Program

July 5th through August 1st 2015

Learn about career possibilities in the plant, animal and veterinary sciences, and learn how the USDA protects the American food supply.  Over four weeks, students will live on the University of Illinois campus and have hands-on experiences in animal and plant laboratories, conducting small laboratory exercises under supervision of plant and animal scientists, and veterinarians, employed by the University and USDA.  Field trips will be to USDA facilities, agricultural businesses, conservation areas, and zoological facilities to experience the vast aspects of the food and agriculture system. Students enhance academic skills in math, science and computers.  A 7-week second laboratory research experience during following summer 2016 provides opportunities to further explore specific interests related to plants, animals, and the environment. The program is in partnership with the Research Apprentice Program and funded by USDA APHIS.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a USDA Agency with a mission to protect and promote U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.  APHIS is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to defend America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases. 

To be considered for RAP and Ag Discovery you must apply to each program separately. The deadline for the Ag Discovery program is March 20th, 2015

Apply online for Ag Discovery at: